Run Garioch 2016 got off to a flying start with its biggest launch to date which took place at the end of last month.
The launch took place in Meldrum Academy on Tuesday, October 27, and was attended by over 60 guests including sponsors, charity partners and the Provost of Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal.
Run Garioch is always evolving and 2016 will be no differentEric Simpson Race Director
Half marathon record holders Marie Baxter and Kyle Greig joined Provost Vernal to declare Run Garioch open for entries.
The Run Garioch 2016 Race Committee has challenged all schools in the area to encourage their pupils to get running.
This year over 500 children took part in the CP&Co Junior Run and the committee has set a target for 700 children to take part in the event next year.
Children from Meldrum Primary and Academy, Kintore School, Chapel of Garioch School and Strathburn School joined the other guests at Meldrum Academy to help to launch the children’s events.
Race Director, Eric Simpson, described the various changes that will be taking place in next year’s event.
He said: “Run Garioch is always evolving and 2016 will be no different.
“Based on feedback from runners we’ve changed the finishes of the 10k and half marathon so that they both share the last 2km and both finish on Burghmuir Drive.”
Eric added: “We’ve also completely changed the route of the 5k to make it suitable for wheelchairs as well as finish on Burghmuir Drive with the other events.”
Run Garioch will be partnering with seven official charities, including Befriend a Child and Charlie House in order to boost funds.
In return the charities will be providing Run Garioch with support on the day.
Peter Best, Aberdeen sales manager for Dandara who are sponsoring the 10k race, said: “The Garioch Sports Trust is made up of local volunteers who do a huge amount of work for the community and Run Garioch is a fantastic sporting event which sees local people coming together to support a range of charities.
“We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 10k once again this year and hope to see runners of all ages and abilities signing up to take part in what is a brilliant day out in aid of so many great causes.”
General manager of event programme sponsor Thainstone Events, Graham Fryers, said: “We are pleased to be sponsoring the Run Garioch event programme for the third year running, reaching over 3,000 runners and their families.
“The event, now in its 11th year, has grown in stature and numbers and we are always keen to pledge our support for local events to benefit communities and individuals as a whole.”
Before the launch came to a close, Mel Edwards MBE accepted a donation from Run Garioch to help support the work of the Gathimba Edwards Foundation which helps children in Kenya.
Run Garioch 2016 will be held on Sunday, March 20, are those wishing to take part can now enter by visiting: www.rungarioch.co.uk